UPDATE 3-Domino's delivers upbeat results as new menu items boost sales

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July 22 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza Inc beat market estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Thursday, as the world's biggest pizza chain strove to carry on the momentum of 18 months when millions of Americans ordered in more than ever before.

Like Chipotle and Papa John's, Domino's takeaway sales have soared during the pandemic and it has introduced a round of new menu items this year to try and retain customers even as more Americans ventured out to eat.

Its new flavor of chicken wings as well as cheeseburger and chicken taco pizzas helped U.S. same-store sales rise 3.5%, marking 41 consecutive quarters of increases, while analysts were expecting a 1.3% decline.

Domino's has also opened new stores to cut delivery times and introduced contactless takeaway options for coronavirus-wary customers.

International same-store sales growth of 13.9% was also well above the 8.9% jump expected by analysts. That boost came from fresh lockdowns in countries, including the United Kingdom and India, where people relied on online ordering.

Total revenue rose 12.2% to $1.03 billion, beating estimates of $972.3 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

On an adjusted basis, Domino's earned $3.12 per share, beating estimates of $2.87.

Shares in the pizza chain rose about 2.5% in premarket trading as the company also authorized a new $1 billion share buyback. (Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)

07/22/2021 13:21

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